Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Nain Rouge Or That Wicked Little Dwarf In A Tattered Red Coat
There's an old story in Detroit about an evil dwarf in a tattered red coat that comes around when something bad is going to happen. That little bastard, aka the Nain Rouge, appears as a small child-like creature with red or black fur boots. It is also said to have "blazing red eyes and rotten teeth." Famous multiple sighting occurred in the days before the 1805 fire which destroyed most of Detroit. General William Hull reported a "dwarf attack" in the fog just before his surrender of Detroit in the War of 1812. He's also appeared before fires and riots and is known as a "harbinger of doom." Most recently, two Detroiters leaving a bar before a big storm said they saw him wearing and I quote, "an ass nasty red coat."
I suppose we all have our red dwarfs, things that tell us that something wicked is on the way. For me, it's always been birds and dreams of weddings. I use to keep a set of Chinese fortune telling sticks in my office and pull them out for inspiration until I got shitty fortunes for days. I became convinced the sticks were evil and that good fortune was hiding from me. Hey, what can I say? I grew up in a world in which Smurf figurines were believed to be Satanic and able to come alive at night if the Devil possessed them. I suppose my Smurfette figurine in this case would become like Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, impregnated by Papa Smurf. But I digress. I kind of like the idea of the evil nain rouge. Supposedly he loves to dance on the riverfront in the dead of winter, telling people not to get complacent. Even though I don't believe that the Devil is coming in the form of a Smurf, it's good to remember evil is out there, especially given that its favorite trick is to make us forget it exists.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I'm for whatever gets you through the night." Frank Sinatra
1. Prepare creepy crawler ice ring.
2. Pour bowling water over gelatin in heatproof bowl; stir until gelatin dissolves. Stir in cold water. Add lemon-lime beverage and sugar; stir well (mixture will foam for several minutes).
3. Unmold ice ring by dipping bottom of mold briefly into hot water. Float ice ring in punch and garnish with gummy worms.
1 cup boiling water
2 packages of lime flavored gelatin
3 cups of cold water
1 1/2 quarters of carbonated lemon-lime beverage (chilled)
1/2 cup of superfine sugar
Creepy Crawler Ice Ring Recipe
1 cup of gummy worms
1 quart of Gatorade
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday! Thanks for all the computer help -- my most faithful is feeling much better. Tomorrow is Devil's Night!